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Fishing Industry

Volume 895: debated on Monday 7 July 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the increased costs of operating fishing vesesls in the first three months of 1975 as compared with the similar period in 1974.

On the basis of information relating to the deep sea fleet, about 25 per cent.

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether the number of fishing vessels operating out of Scottish ports in the first six months of 1975 has increased over the previous year.

The estimated numbers of vessels fishing from Scottish ports are as follows:

31st December 197430th June 1975
80 feet and over9590
60 feet to 79·9 feet418399
40 feet to 59·9 feet600607
30 feet to 39·9 feet277284
These figures are subject to considerable fluctuations due to temporary laying-up.